SPECIAL NEEDS CATS
Samuel can be a cranky old man. While he loves to have his chin, head, and shoulders scratched, he gets annoyed if you go farther down his back. When he meows, it's basically silent until just a little croaks out at the end. Samuel's face looks more like a panther than a typical cat, and his eyes have a human quality to them.
Chippy is an elegant old man with the cutest little pink nose, but with that elegance comes a bit of curmudgeonly sass. He loves laying in sunbeams, sleeping on fluffy blankets, and cuddling on your lap. If you're really lucky, he will even get under the covers with you in bed! Chippy has kidney disease, which is currently being treated with subcutaneous fluids and B12 injections. He is also on a special diet to prevent urinary crystals. He requires a covered litter box because he can be a bit messy at times. He is front-paw declawed. (*)
Lennox is quite a big boy who can be pretty lazy at times. He sometimes likes to play in his water bowl by trying to dig down to the bottom of it. Or he'll drink while standing with one paw in the water bowl! His fur is pretty thick but he tolerates brushing. Lennox is front-paw declawed and is currently on a special diet for early-stage kidney disease.
Corbin is a very gentle cat who likes to be petted and can be very affectionate as well! Unfortunately, Corbin has been returned to us due to litter box issues. He is looking for an understanding owner. In the meantime, please consider donating to help us with his ongoing care. (*)
Saxon is a super handsome, rugged kitty. He is completely deaf and blind in one eye. He gets on great with other cats, but would prefer to be an only kitty since he doesn't like sharing a litterbox. He uses the box like a champ when he doesn't have to share. He LOVES milk, cheese, and meaty treats. He tolerates being picked up and held but will grumble when he would like to be set down. He adores chin and ear scratches. He is currently on 1.5 units of Lantus insulin 2x/day and a time-fed diet. (*)
This handsome lad is Mickey. Mickey was returned to us when his family adopted a dog and he didn’t appear to be too pleased with the new arrival. Shortly after he came back, we noticed that Mickey had difficulty urinating and he had to have emergency surgery when he became blocked. Mickey will have to be on prescription food for the rest of his life, but has been doing great ever since we started him on that. He is a friendly, laid-back cat but he can be a bit bully around other cats.
HARLEY & DAVIDSON
Harley is a gentle giant. He tells us that he is a little uneasy about the shelter but things are much better now that his best bud and brother is with him. Harley says that he loves to give headbutts and to get lots of attention and petting. If he does not know you he may be a bit shy at first but not for long. Davidson is smaller than his brother Harley but has the same beautiful long hair black coat. Davidson tells us he loves people and likes to be petted as much as brother Harley.
Cheeto is full of life and personality! This beautiful buff and white boy is enthusiastic, playful and loves to be the center of attention. He would do well with another active cat that doesn’t mind having a playmate that likes to be the class clown. At Pet Refuge, his favorite activities consist of chasing toys, climbing up cat trees and entertaining our volunteers. Cheeto is a young, healthy cat, but he will have to be on prescription food because he is prone to developing urinary crystals.
I think that I am just the sweetest boy but the volunteers tell me that I am a bit temperamental! I do get a little wound up and excited when playing and sometimes when being petted, then I can be grumpy. A few strokes with a brush and I am good, but no more. So I need someone with a lot of patience.
Oreo loves attention and will greet you at the door to say hello. She likes to play and be pet, but is not a fan of brushing. Perhaps with a patient owner she could learn to enjoy brushing, especially with her long fur. Her little fluffy feet look like she's wearing slippers! Oreo is front-paw declawed.
Chowder is a shy girl who likes to observe the room from a quiet spot. She does like to be petted as long as you approach her gently. She has had a history with urinary crystals, so she is currently on a prescription food to help.
I am a handsome boy but I cannot take stress. I need a very quiet home with very little activity. I am affectionate and get along with the volunteers I know and older quiet cats. But please no dogs and no children for me. I am dreaming of a home with just me and my special person, with maybe one other very quiet laid back cat. I have kidney disease, so I am on a special diet to help.
Reba is an elegant brown tabby Maine Coon mix. She is a senior who has had a very difficult time which has led her to become easily stressed. Poor Reba has lost her home at an age where a cat should be allowed to settle in and enjoy life but now she is surrounded by other cats and they do not seem to care for her presence. Reba is in the early stages of kidney failure and love to find a sponsor that could help contribute to her ongoing medical needs. (*)
I will let you know that I think it is time for more attention by talking to you. I love a good head rub and if you do it right I will lean against you. I do have an allergy problem so my skin sometimes itches so bad that I lick and lick until it is sore. The good people at Pet Refuge help me with this by putting a T-shirt on me. I do look spiffy in my polo shirt. Stormy is front declawed. (*)
Tater Tot is a very sweet and loving girl. She would love to cuddle in bed with you. If she knows and trusts you she likes belly rubbed. She likes to drink water from the sink or shower. Tater Tot has a playful side too but does not often get a chance to show it right now because she is a bit apprehensive in the big cat room with all the other cats. Tater Tot is one of our cats who is on a special food to control kidney stones. (*)
Pumkin is a very sweet and loveable laid back kitty who likes to talk to get your attention. He gets along well with dogs and children, but he does need to be the only cat in the house. Pumkin came to us with a history of urinary problems. He has since been put on a special diet which has been working well for him. He is looking for a family that will stay faithful to keeping him on his Royal Canin Urinary SO diet permanently to help prevent future urinary problems. (*)
Guinness is a big, lovable guy who also has a mischievous side. He's been known to open closet doors and try to climb through a dryer vent! He is polydactyl, meaning he has a few extra toes. Guinness has diabetes and we are working on regulating his blood glucose levels with insulin injections. (*)
Audio originally came to us as part of a litter of kittens that was abandoned at another shelter. Audio and his littermates were in terrible shape but all made a full recovery. He was adopted out and returned to us a few years later when his owner became unable to take care of him. Audio has to be on a special diet to prevent urinary crystals, but he is otherwise a healthy and confident cat. He generally enjoys the company of other cats, but he isn’t shy to let his roommates know that he won’t stand for their bullying. He has also lived with a calm dog and did really well.
I am a handsome boy that has survived a broken leg, lost my home, & am now at Pet Refuge. As you can see I am quite handsome. I do need special food so my urinary crystals don't come back but I am a happy cat now. I get along with other cats. If you would like a good looking, fun guy in your house, come check me out. (*)
Teddy is very sweet, but also a little bit wobbly! He is on medication to treat chronic pain, which can make him a little unsteady on his feet. While other cats might rub themselves on your legs, Teddy leans against your ankle for extra stability. He doesn't seem to want to be independent and sometimes follows you around like a shadow! When he's in the right mood, Teddy has been known to chase a broom or roll over on his back to play. He is an absolute delight!
Meeka is a senior lady who is not afraid to voice her opinions. Meeka is a very talkative cat with an independent personality. She is pretty active for her age. Her previous owner 4-paw-declawed her.
Lilly was originally rescued from a hoarding situation. She had upper respiratory and eye infections – like almost all of the other cats from this trailer. And on top of that, our vet determined that Lilly did not only have one of the worst ear infections she had ever seen, she also had polyps. However, the infection needed to clear up before the polyps could be surgically removed. Lilly was put on ears meds, pain meds, and antibiotics for several weeks. However, after three surgical procedures, Lilly still has recurring problems with polyps and infections. Please consider supporting Lilly’s ongoing medical care by sponsoring her or making a donation in her name. You can help us make sure that Lilly has the best life a cat can possibly have. (*)
Lucy was born in someone's basement - and that is where she spent the first 6 months of her life, without much human contact. Not surprisingly, Lucy was very unsure of people when she first came to us. The first few weeks in her foster home, she literally climbed up walls whenever her foster mom approached. She has come a long ways since then and is now happy to run around and play with her foster siblings. Lucy still gets scared of loud noises and sudden movements and will go into hiding as soon as she sees a stranger. However, Lucy loves the other cats in her foster home and is very comfortable there. Please consider donating in Lucy's name so she can live out her life in her foster home. (*)
True to her name, Heidi loves to hide. She is semi-social and takes a long time to get to know you. Only the most patient and the quietest of the volunteers have had her come to them to be petted. She does well with mellow cats and would need a cat buddy. If you would like to sponsor a cat, Heidi the hider would be a good one! (*)
Mr. Indy is a very special boy. He has stolen the hearts of each and every one of our volunteers. Indy came to us from Indianapolis as a five-week-old kitten. Little Indy had three puncture wounds on his lower back, perhaps from an animal bite or BB gun. While the superficial wounds healed up nicely, Indy’s L5 vertebra in his spine was damaged, resulting in some incontinence issues. Indy is good about using the box about 80% of the time, but he will occasionally dribble urine or leave a turd of poo as a present for you. Poor Indy doesn’t know he’s any different from the other kittens, and still loves to play. He is very affectionate and loves cuddling with volunteers and visitors; unfortunately, all have been scared away from adopting him. Indy needs a very special owner who is willing to put up with occasional accidents or try diapers. He is worth the extra work, he promises! (*)
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The cats listed below are in permanent foster homes to ensure that they are properly cared for. Many of these cats are on regular medications to care for chronic conditions or to try to manage more serious medical issues. While these cats are not currently adoptable, please consider sponsoring them at the link below to help pay for ongoing medical costs.
Jarvis loves sleeping, getting attention and chilling on your lap. He has a quiet meow when he wants to say hello. Jarvis is doing well in a permanent foster home. Due to a birth defect and later complications, Jarvis is missing his right eye, but that doesn't stop him from getting on your lap and snuggling with you. (*)
Mandarin is a beautiful dark red tabby. He loves the other cats and kittens in his foster home and he has been a wonderful big brother to all his tiny foster siblings. He plays with them very gently and it is very sweet to watch their interactions. Mandarin is doing very well with his foster mom and will come running towards her when it's time for canned food. However, Mandarin is very shy around people.
Update: In November 2015, Mandarin was diagnosed with diabetes. He has been on Insulin ever since. Please consider sponsoring Mandarin and helping us pay for his ongoing care. (*)
Despite everything that this boy has been through, Walter couldn’t be a happier or more social cat. Walter has been tossed around quite a bit and has been returned to Pet Refuge numerous times. Unfortunately, his previous owners also neglected to take care of his medical needs and after his most recent return, we discovered that Walter was not only diabetic, but that he was in desperate need of a dental. Walter moved into a permanent foster home in 2015 and we are working on getting his glucose levels regulated. (*)
Not only will Elvis let you play dress-up with him, he is just an all-around cool cat. He is a mellow, low-key dude who enjoys the company of other cats and should do well with cat-friendly dogs and children. He also likes to sing to you when he is in the car! Elvis was diagnosed with diabetes, so please consider donating to support his ongoing care. (*)
DOB: August 2008
Bristol and Adrian came in together. At first we thought they were siblings because they are so attached to each other. But it turns out Adrian is older, so they might be a mother-daughter pair. They are definitely related and very close. Adrian came in with an infected mouth and her teeth were so bad that all of them had to be removed. Because she is older and was in poor shape she had difficulties during surgery and experienced a rare reaction to the anesthesia. This reaction was similar to a stroke. (*)